Just 20 minutes south of Twillingate on beautiful Notre Dame Bay.
It’s a challenge to find Sea Knife as they are hidden down a bumpy dirt road, with a very small sign.
But once you find it, WOW! The owner and builder of Sea Knife Kayak is Lindy. Right next door to his kayak rental building, he’s building a new home for himself and his family. By hand. Incredible. But what a view!
The Owner, Lindy, Of Sea Knife Kayaks Coming Via Fishing Boat To Help Us Out
The Bay By Sea Knife Kayak
When we got to Sea Knife Kayaks the doors were open. Lights on. Equipment out. No one around. David called the number and Lindy answered right away. He was out fishing for dinner. He’d be their in a moment. A few minutes later, we saw his boat coming around the bend.
What A View. We Could Stay Here Forever!
What a nice guy. We got suited up to go kayaking and he fitted us to our kayaks. By that, I mean, he made sure we were comfortable in them. If not, we could switch kayaks or try a different seat or what ever. So nice and accommodating.
David In The Two Person Kayak, By Himself Obviously.
We decided to take out two dual kayaks so we could go out in separate boats. That worked out well. But then we went back so David could try out a one person kayak. Let’s just say, he didn’t like it as much. So we got back in a duel, but this time together.
What can I say, we’re just attached at the hip. We had a good time by ourselves and not in a tour (like the Stan Cook Tour) this time. We went at our own pace. Went where ever we wanted to. And had a much more enjoyable and relaxing time.
The waters were so calm that it was almost like glass at some points. So clear you could see all the way down to the bottom. Some places were very shallow while others were so deep, they’ve had whales in there. No whales this time though.
I’m not too sure what we would have done if we saw a whale really close to us. Hopefully grabbed the camera. But more than likely stared at amazement, then cursed that we forgot to take a picture when it swam away. Oh well. Maybe some day we’ll be lucky enough to have an encounter like that. Then we’ll know for sure.
We saw this huge jellyfish float past our kayak. So we paddled backwards to get a closer look at him. This shows you how clear the water is. I took this picture with my regular, hand held camera and it looks like I’m underwater with him. Rest assured, I am not. I did take this shot from the safety of the kayak.
David managed to get his GoPro underwater camera in the water with the jellyfish. He got some awesome video of the jellyfish that he has posted below.
We saw these lobster traps laying about on the islands. Lindy says the fisherman leave them their during the off season.
Brenda On An Island In The Bay
We’re getting pretty good at this kayaking thing. We enjoyed our day immensely.
Lindy was a great host. From letting us try out different kayaks to talking to us about his kayak building business.
Yup… not only does he rent kayaks, he also designs and builds them. He was gracious enough to let us into his shop and see how he makes the kayaks.
Lindy has the finished kayaks in his front yard, waiting to be delivered. These are all custom fit to the new owners.
He starts with this mold of the kayak. All his kayaks are fiberglass. He says they are easier to repair than plastic, if you hit a rock or something. I’m sure their are pluses and minuses to different kayak materials. Durability, cost and weight are important factors. I think it comes down to what ever you personally prefer.
The kayaks are then hung up to be finished off and sanded smooth.
Kayaks Waiting For Their Finishing Touches
It was really interesting to see how these kayaks start out and how they are finished. Lindy was wonderful to let us into his shop and explain how he makes these wonderful kayaks.
We’re looking forward to coming back to Newfoundland some day and enjoying more time here. It’s a magical place that grabs hold of you. The scenery. The people. Their really is no downside to Newfoundland that we have seen yet. Except maybe the price of chicken in the grocery store. We’ll talk more about that later though.
We’re enjoying it immensely here.
Ok, here is the video of the Jellyfish that David was able to shoot…